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Fact Check: The video of on-duty drunk policemen was taken before the tenure of CM Yogi Adityanath

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A video of two policemen drinking alcohol while sitting on the bonnet of a police car is getting viral on social media with a claim that the video is taken during the regime of CM Yogi Adityanath. In reality, the video was taken during the tenure of former Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav.

Navjot Singh Sidhu on Friday, 23 July, took over as president of the Punjab Congress in the presence of Chief Minister Amarinder Singh who said they will work together for the welfare of Punjab.

Amid this, a picture of Navjot Singh Sidhu is being shared on social to claiming that Sidhu holding a photo of late former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, during a roadshow.

A Facebook user name Guru Da Khalsa shared a post with a claim that 'These Congressmen are going to bow down to Harmandir Sahib. Can anyone tell what message he is giving to people, especially Sikhs, by showing this photo?'

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In our investigation, we found that the viral image is misleading and photoshopped in real Navjot Singh Sidhu was holding a photo of freedom fighter Bhagat Singh.

After doing a reverse image search on Google, we found a report of India Today in which the viral image can be seen. As per the report, hundreds of people gathered in Amritsar to welcome Navjot Singh Sidhu, the new chief of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee. The supporters were armed with garlands, banners, flags, and bouquets, as they awaited his arrival in Amritsar.


We also found a Twitter thread shared by user Arshdeep Kaur on 20 July in which an image from a roadshow can be seen. 

After comparing both the viral and original images we found that the image of Indra Gandhi has been morphed.

In conclusion, the viral image of Navjot Singh Sidhu holding a photo of late former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi is photoshopped. In the original photo, Punjab Congress president Navjot Singh Sidhu is seen holding a photo of the freedom fighter Bhagat Singh during a roadshow in Amritsar, Punjab on July 20, 2021.


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